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The Liveblog of Time: The Dragon Reborn
Prologue: Fortress of the Light
I believe Pedron Nial is counted among the five great generals of their time, although I can't remember where that's stated or who the last one is aside from Gareth Bryne, Rodel Ituralde, and Davram Bashere.

Nobody is out of Selene's reach. Forsaken go where they please.

Yep, Carridin is Bors. I don't think you're ever going to see the name Bors again.
montagohalcyon
The 5th is Agelmar Jagad of Shienar
nightwyrm_zero
Chapter 1: Waiting
You may be noticing how much of a badass Perrin is becoming. The paths of the Power Trio (Rand, Mat, Perrin) are pretty interesting because they all become major badass abnormalsin their own way. Mat especially takes an interesting road to heroics. And, if I recall correctly, this is the book in which he is Rescued from the Scrappy Heap. So, look forward to that.

Tropethorn
Yes, what Tropethorn said. (Except for what I mentioned about Perrin a couple of weeks ago, but that's another matter entirely)
Sabbo
Perrin and Mat are really the focus of this book, since Rand's gotten most of the screentime so far they need to catch up a bit and develop their own characters. Moiraine lampshades it a bit at some point.
montagohalcyon
Also, Mat is sort of the in-universe scrappy for a while (so pretty much the butt monkey) and it's pretty lame. You'll see what I mean later on during the climax where he does something amazingly considerate and dangerous and doesn't get even a meaningful "thank you" out of it. It takes SEVERAL BOOKS (so, months) before anyone finally acknowledges how much of a bro he is.
Tropethorn
He's only the scrappy until this book, as we've gone over many times. In-universe doesn't matter.
Sabbo
Chapter 2: Saidin
Sorry to say, but the next time the viewpoint character won't be Rand or Perrin will be chapter 10. Luckily, it's Perrin who gets most of the chapters in between now and then.
Sabbo
Chapter 3: News from the Plain
Generally things take a while to get going.

The action kicks off a lot sooner here than in Fal Dara, actually.
montagohalcyon
Chapter 4: Shadows Sleeping
READ THIS or you might be confused later. That woman wasn't the Dark One, it was Lanfear.

Dreams, from this point forward, are going to be a lot more than just ominous foreshadowing or Baalzamon going "blah blah serve me". I believe the first place you get a clear explanation of the World of Dreams is Egwene, but Rand and Perrin get involved in it frequently without truly understanding.
montagohalcyon
Yeah, I figured that might be it too, but tried to keep things simple for now.
Eegah
Chapter 5: Nightmares Walking
The next time this happens it will not be the first action sequence, and I can't really remember if it occurs again beyond that. So don't get too used to the tradition.
montagohalcyon
For the record, the wolves have unique names for pretty much everything important, with "Twisted ones" merely being their name for Trollocs. You'll get used to it.
Sabbo
The wolf's names for Aes Sedai are pretty good.
nightwyrm_zero
Chapter 6: The Hunt Begins
About the Shienarans: yes, that exactly (laying low in Ghealdan), but things will not go as planned, because Masema is a bit fanatical.

You won't see the fallout from this in the current book, but it will cause the girls issues shortly down the road and keep Perrin occupied for a long time toward the tail end of the series.
montagohalcyon
Things well... Kind of well... Go off the rails in Ghaeldan.

I don't think Moiraine really has any idea (despite having prepared her entire life) for the amount of shit that's about to hit the fan.
Arilou
Chapter 8: Jarra
What Rand's doing isn't anything related to the One Power or the taint on it; it's one of the two main side effects of being ta'veren. This one is neutral, the other you'll see starting in the fourth book and leads to a few Nightmare Fuel scenes.

More than just the Contrived Coincidences from the previous books, wildly improbable things will start occurring wherever he or the others go, although Rand is the strongest by far. There is usually a balance between good and ill effects.

Mat will start developing something similar after he's Healed of the dagger's influence. Perrin...isn't as flashy, I think it manifests in how quickly he forms bonds and gains positions of leadership among the people he encounters.
montagohalcyon
When it comes to what happens to Rand later on I'm not certain what is due to being "only" Ta'veren, and what is due to being The Dragon Reborn.
Arilou
Chapter 9: Wolf Dreams
Nope. That guy's dead. What happens to you in the World of Dreams can affect you in real life. Generally you have to be trying to get there, but occasionally someone crosses into it briefly from a normal dream, and if, say, they end up in a nightmare or somewhere the Forsaken are roaming around...

I don't think he's important, although IIRC he's described as a Tairen lord, so maybe his mysterious death is what opens the door for...well, that would be spoilers.
montagohalcyon
montago, I have no idea what you're talking about. Don't bother telling me though; either I'll find out during the course of this (and upcoming) liveblog/s, or it's not important.
Sabbo
It's likely completely wrong anyway, I'm just trying to think of a reason that guy might matter.
montagohalcyon
Chapter 10: Secrets
I rather enjoyed this part of Lan and Nynaeve's relationship building. Well, maybe not so much enjoyed it as I wasn't annoyed by it. It gets better, though.
Tropethorn
Chapter 12: The Amyrlin Seat
Don't worry about the Horn. To my knowledge, there is nothing significant about Illian which says it must go there, and it wont be a plot point again for quite some time.
Sabbo
You don't want Illian to have the Horn until after book seven, trust me.
Tropethorn
Heh. I can't believe I've never thought of that. The Horn getting taken to Tar Valon was rather fortunate. But Moraine doesn't learn what's going on behind the scenes in Ilian until she's there, so I'm still uncertain as to why...
montagohalcyon
Well, Matrim blew the Horn. If anyone important enough (eg Moiraine) knew about that (I can't remember how many people know he blew the Horn), that would be a good reason to take it to the Tower.
Tropethorn
Maybe some spoilers? Probably not, though.

Also, considering that Darkfriends and Shadowspawn are looking for it, it's probably decided it would be safer in Tar Valon. Hell, they never really stop searching for the Horn, just not as hard. I think I can come up with a few other minor reasons, such as Mat needing to get to Tar Valon as fast as possible anyway due to the dagger of Shadar Logoth. Plus, if I recall, some people decided that not many others should even know the Horn has been found, probably for reasons of safety.
Tropethorn
Chapter 13: Punishments
Yeah, as far as I'm concerned, this book doesn't actually start until chapter 9. If this book had used the prologue format the later books use, then the first bunch of chapters would probably have been shortened and stuck in there, as well as the one where the girls are still travelling.
Sabbo
Chapter 14: The Bite of the Thorns
Their hunt for the Black Ajah is very similar to Rand's hunt for the Forsaken. Which may be tiresome or interesting, depending on what kind of stuff you like.
Tropethorn
You'll be really, really tired of them after a while.
Arilou
I wonder about Jordan's relationship with women from time to time. There is RARELY a woman who isn't arrogant, manipulative, stubborn, sometimes downright stupid, unwilling to admit their mistakes, dismissive, and so much more.
Tropethorn
Chapter 15: The Grey Man
I still believe the "pale little man you didn't seem to really notice even when you were looking at him" Ingtar let in to Fal Dara was a Gray Man, prior to their official introduction.
montagohalcyon
Huh, nice little thing there. Makes sense from what happens in later books.
Arilou
And, from what I understand, ANYONE could be a Grey Man! You could be one! I could be one! Even...
JohnFreechment
Chapter 18: Healing
Not quite, but kind of. Although I don't think they *really* get into that until book 4-5.
Arilou
Queue: Mat now becoming the best character in the book.
Tropethorn
Well, series.
Tropethorn
I hope Eegah doesn't experience Hype Backlash.
montagohalcyon
He'll get a bit of it I think, but when you think about it, Mat's change was for the most part a gradual thing. Barring a certain upcoming scene, I don't think everything quite shifts into place until he goes through the second door.
Sabbo
For me, this was his first step on the road to Wrestlemania. Er, awesomeness.
Tropethorn
Oh yes, definitely the first step; there's no doubt there, I think.
Sabbo
Chapter 19: Awakenings
Sometimes his angst about everyones weirdness is a bit annoying but it never gets too bad and he makes up for it greatly.
Tropethorn
First sign of awesomeness is coming soon, in five chapters or something.
wheelreader
Chapter 20: Visitations
I always find it fulfilling when a character is successful in breaking plots, particularly Aes Sedai and other people's plots. They are all extremely haughty and annoying and it's great to see them knocked down a peg. ESPECIALLY in a few books.
Tropethorn
Chapter 21: A World of Dreams
There's going to be A LOT more about the dreamworld.

And ah, Verin. Best character by far.
Arilou
If you want artwork, there is a book which describes the entire world of the series up to book 8-ish. There are spoilers of course though.
Sabbo
Verin is possibly the greatest personification of the idea that while Brown Aes Sedai are portrayed as light-headed, they are just as intuitive as the others, if not more.
Tropethorn
Chapter 22: The Price of the Ring
These books are just choc full of foreshadowing.
Tropethorn
"Not emo." It tells to me she is not anymore Rand's girl.
wheelreader
One of my favorite chapters this book, this is.
Sabbo
Chapter 23: Sealed
One of the girls joins the Greens, one joins the Yellows, and one is not in a standard classification. But that won't be for a while.
montagohalcyon
The ban is on using the power offensively, "except against creatures of the shadow or in defence of yourself or your warder".
Arilou
Sorry, Elayne's tests are never revealed.
Sabbo
Chapter 24: Scouting and Discoveries
Considering who he beat are pretty much blademasters, yeah. Yeah.
Tropethorn
IIRC the scene is also a Shout Out to something Miyamoto Musashi allegedly did.
Arilou
Heh. This event even gets a callback later in the series.
Sabbo
Chapter 26: Behind a Lock
It's a simple thing which even other channelers know. It's not until later that "spells" are really figured out out of nowhere.
Sabbo
Chapter 27: Tel'aran'rhiod
Dreaming is a big thing throughout the entire series. More than once does something climactic happen within that world, including in the most recent book.
Sabbo
Three guesses who "Silvie" is.
montagohalcyon
Fortuona! Maighdin! Mierin!

(Or on a different note, who can identify what these three have in common? Use hottip markup to answer.)
Sabbo
they are female
Tropethorn
Well, I guess there is that.
Sabbo
Chapter 28: A Way Out
How rude HE is to THEM? Oh, right, you haven't gotten to that point, yet.
Tropethorn
Chapter 30: The First Toss
The letter is not important. What he finds in Caemlyn is...
montagohalcyon
Don't worry, the dagger is now completely irrelevant to Mat and vice-versa.

Oh, and that stuff about him being really lucky? That's what I like most about him. It gets better, too (if you like that sort of thing).
Sabbo
My favorite part is how his luck doesn't just automatically solve everything. Later in this very book he finds the exact place he's looking for by random chance but doesn't realize it and keeps going.
montagohalcyon
Ah, caught up. Some of the predictions have been highly amusing. I can't wait to see the reaction when Eegah figures out who Mat is based on.
bazil
Chapter 31: The Woman of Tanchico
It's the name of the inn, mentioned on the last page of the previous chapter.
montagohalcyon
Those probably were just ordinary Darkfriend assassins, not Grey Men IIRC.
bazil
Chapter 33: Within the Weave
All of the ta'veren have these kinds of effects, but Rand is on an entirely different level.
Arilou
Not Selene, if I remember right. Far more pleasant person (?)
wheelreader
To elaborate on what Arilou said, it is mentioned several times throughout the series (and even could have been said by some people already) that while Rand is by far the strongest ta'veren, Mat or Perrin would easily have been among the strongest since Artur Hawkwing even had Rand not been there.

That aside (albeit relating to it), it's my belief that (light) SPOILERS FROM LATER BOOKS, INCLUDING TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT
Sabbo (edited by: Sabbo)
Chapter 35: The Falcon
You should probably know she's probably the most disliked character in the series. (at least the most disliked character who's not supposed to be, eg. Elaida)
Arilou
Hmm... I can't even remember whether she and Thom ever meet. I... don't think so.
Sabbo
I like her, but I seem to be in the minority on that.
montagohalcyon
I don't mind her. It's a certain other character she interacts with regularly (later) who I don't like.
Sabbo
I like her a lot. And absolutely DESPISE that other character. I've never been able to figure out why Faile is so disliked. She's competent (at least for someone without any powers), she's strong-willed, doesn't take shit from Perrin, Moiraine, Rand, or anyone else. Having been raised in a very different culture than a certain other person causes friction, but that happens in real life all the time.
bazil
I don't really mind her either, at least not in the first few books she's in.
Arilou
I don't necessarily like Faile, but I don't dislike her either. She annoys me with her relationship with the Other Character but other than that she's alright.
Tropethorn
Chapter 36: Daughter of the Night
Insane? Killing some darkfriends is not insane...
wheelreader
Chapter 37: Fires in Cairhien
And one of the coolest character she is.
wheelreader
Chapter 38: Maidens of the Spear
I really should read this stuff again to see how it all exploded from these tiny little "nice connections between the stories". Another point for you.
wheelreader
These aren't the same Aiel as those who Perrin encountered, if that was what you were implying/saying. You'll find out more later.
Sabbo
Chapter 39: Threads in the Pattern
And so it begins.
Tropethorn
But, "there are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time..."
montagohalcyon (edited by: montagohalcyon)
But it is A beginning.
Tropethorn
Chapter 40: A Hero in the Night
I think the match thing is just to show how innovative she is. Honestly, I didn't realize it was matches she invented for ages.
Sabbo
Just imagine: innovative person with knowledge of that black stuff which explodes. Don't bring sword... I hope it'll go that way (btw, the last two books are not and will not be translated into Finnish)
wheelreader
Chapter 42: Easing the Badger
Easing the Badger happens to be the same inn Domon visited in Ilian during the second book. This coincidence doesn't go anywhere, just interesting.
montagohalcyon
Chapter 43: Shadowbrothers
Funnily enough Perrin doesn't actually have many encounters with Darkhounds. I assume this is because the only displayed way to permanently kill them is balefire and he can't channel.
montagohalcyon
Chapter 44: Hunted
Balefire is risky to use for another reason that never seems to deter anyone. But you won't hear about that yet.

You think Mat has a bad case of misplaced chivalry, wait until Rand has to fight women and/or order them into battle...sheesh.
montagohalcyon
Sammael detecting Moiraine's balefire? Practically laughable. Possible under certain circumstances yes, but still terribly unlikely.
Sabbo
Why is that, Sabbo?
wheelreader
Check hottip:*
Sabbo
Chapter 46: A Message Out of the Shadow
I think Tallanvor also appeared in the first book, he and Elayne trying to order each other around after Rand dropped in.
montagohalcyon
Chapter 48: Following the Craft
Juilin Sandar, from this book, I was thinking might be a pretty cool character.

Then...for the next several, from what I remember, he just kind of follows around the cast without doing much notable. I feel as though Jordan didn't know what to do with him.
montagohalcyon (edited by: montagohalcyon)
Chapter 50: The Hammer
That sequence with Perrin blacksmithing is one of the most memorable parts of this book for me; I think of it as one of his defining character moments.

There's an epic Forging Scene in Towers of Midnight that sort of recalls it.
montagohalcyon
Chapter 51: Bait for the Net
Strictly speaking though...*
Sabbo
They were halfway out on their own, so I didn't really consider it a damsels-in-distress scenario.
montagohalcyon
Chapter 53: A Flow of the Spirit
Romances isn't Jordan's strong suit, let us put it like that.
Arilou
Chapter 54: Into the Stone
And you thought it couldn't be done... :P
Sabbo
Chapter 55: What is Written in Prophecy
He's actually dead this time. Really. Note that Never Found The Body was averted, finally.
montagohalcyon
Chapter 56: People of the Dragon
The next book to have all the plot threads converge in one place will be Towers of Midnight, and even then there will be a couple absent until near the start of the last book. From the halfway through the next book onwards, you will always be following at least three different plot fronts.
Sabbo
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